The international orchestra and chorus project “Music and Dialogue” was founded in 2019 by a Ukrainian-Belarussian initiative and VladOpera e.V. from Germany. It continues the work of the successful 2018 production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni in the Luhansk region in Eastern Ukraine. The orchestra and chorus include instrumentalists and singers of various nationalities (including Ukrainians, Russians, Germans and others), cultures, traditions and social backgrounds. “What unites all of us is the wish and the readiness to work together in the complex context of the Luhansk region,” thus the project’s concept. “We would like to pass on this spirit through our creativity, our optimism and our vision of the future to a broad audience.” The musicians and singers of the “Music and Dialogue” project work in Severodonetsk and other cities of the Luhansk region, closely interacting with the broader audience not only during concerts, but also during informal events such as open rehearsals, improvised concerts in the city courtyards and small towns all over the region, as well as workshops for children. The project “Music and Dialogue” is funded by the German Foreign Ministry.
Originally from Belarus, the conductor Vitali Alekseenok studied first at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and then at the Music Academy Franz Liszt in Weimar. A winner of the 2018 MDR Conducting Competition, he has conducted the MDR Symphony Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Strings and the Staatskapelle Weimar, among others. Alekseenok has performed several times at the LvivMozArt Festival in Lviv, Ukraine; he has also led two German-Ukrainian projects in the war zones of Eastern Ukraine. He has been invited several times to conduct the State Youth Orchestras of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Saxony. Vitali Alekseenok is the founder and artistic director of “ensemble paradigm”, with which he performs works by 20th– and 21st-century composers. As an opera conductor he has gathered intense experience assisting Oksana Lyniv at the Bavarian State Opera; he most recently conducted Verdi’s Rigoletto at the summer academy in Orvieto (Umbria).
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 BWV 1046 (1721)
7 pm: Pre-Concert Talk with Dieter Rexroth at the Werner-Otto-Saal
Free admission with concert ticket
The most special feature of this concert is the fact that it can take place at all. The young orchestra and choral project “Music and Dialogue” brings together Ukrainian, Russian and German musicians to make music together in the region of Luhansk, near the war zone in Eastern Ukraine – and to set a positive signal for the future. First the rehearsal period in Eastern Ukraine, then a performance at Young Euro Classic – this concert will be unusual in several ways. Including the programme: in addition to Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 there will be an excursion to the Renaissance, in the form of Claudio Monteverdi’s madrigals. There will be works by Maxim Beresovsky, a Ukrainian European of the 18th century who studied in Italy and was a court musician in St. Petersburg. And in addition to so much baroque fare, contemporary Ukrainian compositions reflect our 21st century.